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Floyd calls for changes to Hall of Fame criteria

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A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame since 1989, Raymond Floyd now believes the criteria for induction should be changed to prevent 'unworthy' players from entering.

'The bar has been lowered. Guys get voted into the Hall of Fame who don't belong, who lack the numbers,' he explained in a wide-ranging interview with Golf Magazine for their March 2013 issue. 'I'm very upset at the Hall of Fame for that. It's not fair to the people who went in early.'

A four-time major winner, Floyd focused his comments on recent years, namely the upcoming group in line for induction. The 2013 Hall of Fame class includes both Fred Couples, who counts one major among his 15 career PGA Tour wins, and Colin Montgomerie, who failed to record a major victory during his career.

'Just look at the inductees over the last six, eight, 10 years,' Floyd added. 'Some years, I don't even vote because the names are not worthy of induction. One major should not get you into the Hall of Fame - maybe one major and 40 wins.'

Players added to the Hall of Fame in recent years include Bob Charles and Lanny Wadkins, who both won one professional major during their careers and were inducted in 2008 and 2009, respectively. As he continued, Floyd made clear where he felt the line of demarcation should rest when determining a player's worthiness for induction.

'I'll just say that you should have at least two majors. At least,' he explained. 'Wow, there are guys in there that it's a joke. It takes integrity away from the term 'Hall of Fame.''

Later in the interview, the 70-year-old added his name to the list of players, both past and present, who have made their opinion known about the U.S. Golf Association's proposed ban on anchored putting strokes.

'It would not be good for golf,' Floyd said of the ban. 'Golf is a game, and games are meant to be enjoyed.'